If Claire Boucher Was Your Girlfriend
photo credit: Leong Chan
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend she would set up room for you to write in, at her apartment. She would say how much it pleased her to have you nearby and creating. She makes it clear how much she loves the idea of you and her together but seperate as you each went about being awesome and productive in your own ways.
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend; she would take you to parties where you meet HANA and her boyfriend Mike Tucker aka Blood Diomonds and Steve Buscemi. They think you are funny and smart. Steve Buscemi asks you to recommend some books.
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend she would entertain you some nights by reading aloud condescending emails se recieves from sleazy men in the music idustry. These men think she needs thier help. Claire would put on funny voices and have you both lauhing so hard that you nearly wet your pants whilst also choking on an abundance of contempt and hilarity.
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend you would never tire of how charmed and touched you feel at her ease when with you. You love listening to her talk excitedly at you with her lilting lisp. With you in your private shared world, you talk and talk and talk.
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend she would never bore you.
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend; she would say. ”I feel like I can tell you any like, lame or mixed up thought I have in my head.” Then she would kiss you on your shoulder.
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend; you would spend ages agonizing over the perfect pair of high tops to surprise her with as a gift. Only to have her recieve them for free by the label. ”They are just huge fans.”
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend; She would like you to go to her shows, ”if you are not busy.” She likes to know someone in the audience loves her even if she messes up a song. You tell her so many times that nobody cares. You tell her that the people in the audience are totally enchanted by her.
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend; you would both go for days without seing each other or even sharing a meal. That is how busy she is. You say you are busy as well but know its not in the same stratosphere as her busy.
Eventually you both run out of your work stations and meet in the hall. You shout together; ‘IM SO FUCKING HUNGRY.” You order in and spend the evening talking about your progress. You fall asleep spooning together and watching an episode of Jessica Jones.
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend; she would know when to cheer you up from an ego/career/creative confidence slump, by singing you one of her off the cuff but brilliantly bratty and girly guiled songs that share all the reasons why she thinks you are great.
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend; You would not mind when creepy and over confident men would chat her up. You would not mind because you knew that Claire could handel herself just fine thank you very much. When these men would say something dismissive like assuming you were her sister or cousin. Claire would squeeze your hand and say. ”My lover actually.”
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend; you would write her letters while she was away on tour and she would send you tapes so you could go to sleep listening to her voice.
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend; she would surprise you with a perfectly fitted onesie with a cute hood and snap buttons. It would be exactly to your taste as well as your size, because Claire knows you inside and out.
The gift would come with a pair of roller skates.
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend; she would also have a onesie and roller skates. You would skate around the polished floor boarded floors and sing along at the top of your voices to Maria Carey songs.
If Claire Boucher was your girlfriend; you would both spend ages just trying on heaps of different outfits. She calls it ”fashion brains trust” It is in these moments with other talented designers, make up artists and stylists that you and her would have the most fun. She would always make the effort to get something that you loved, made to fit you perfectly.